Itanagar: The Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum (RGURSF) has requested the RGU administration to reduce the registration fees for the Common Entrance (CET) and PhD Entrance (PET) tests.

The forum in a representation submitted to the RGU registrar on Friday said, unlike other universities, RGU does not offer separate fee structures and relaxation for ST, SC, OBC, PwD, EWS, and general category students.

Citing examples of other universities charging reasonable fees for entrance tests, the RGURSF said a large section of the applicants who intend to study in the university have complained of unreasonably high entrance exam fees.

“Other government universities and institutes inviting applications for the same courses charge relatively lesser fees. In NIT, Yupia, the students (ST candidates) are paying Rs 50 for the PhD entrance test, while in NEHU, it is Rs 250, JNUEE and Delhi University charge Rs 150 each, Mizoram University charges Rs 200, and Sikkim University Rs 300,” the forum said.

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Back in 2018, the common entrance and the PhD entrance exam forms were available at Rs 250, which came with a prospectus. Again, this validates that all expenses while conducting CET and PET exams can be easily tailored under the Rs 250 fee, the representation added.

While stating that it is not just about the Rs 700, but also about the future of thousands of students who dream about pursuing higher education in the state’s lone central university, the RGURSF said that such an extravagant fee is detrimental to the interest of poor students who wish to apply for admission to the RGU and the state at large.

Education must not be limited to the privileged few. Application fees must be reasonable enough to enable everyone to apply regardless of their financial status, the forum said.

RGURSF has further urged the vice-chancellor to take a pro-poor decision and decrease the examination fees so that some relief can be provided to the aggrieved students.

Meanwhile, the forum has also appealed to the varsity administration to extend the last date for submitting the examination form, stating that many students still cannot do so due to poor network connectivity.

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